Secretary-General António Guterres powerfully condemned the “horrific weaponry onslaught targeting civilians” astatine a busy market in the north-east of the Iraqi capital, conscionable earlier the Eid al-Adha holiday.
In a statement issued connected Monday night, Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that the UN chief called the deadly onslaught successful Baghdad's Al-Sadr City “a reminder to america each that the scourge of coercion knows nary bounds”.
Condemning weaponry onslaught targeting civilians astatine a marketplace successful Iraq up of Eid al-Adha holiday, Secretary-General @antonioguterres says that this is simply a reminder that the scourge of coercion knows nary bounds.https://t.co/T5XiY4Wzrh— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) July 20, 2021
At slightest 30 people were killed and dozens of others wounded when a bomb exploded in the Iraqi capital, according to security sources.
The instrumentality exploded successful the Al-Wuhailat market arsenic families prepared for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha connected Tuesday.
Mr. Guterres extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and radical of Iraq and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“The Secretary-General underlines the request for the perpetrators of this transgression to beryllium swiftly brought to justice”, the connection read.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also lamented the deaths, which included children, and the injuries sustained by those in the blast.
“This horrific onslaught close earlier Eid Al-Adha is simply a unspeakable reminder of the unit Iraqi children proceed to face”, said the UNICEF Representative in the country, Sheema Sen Gupta.
“Those children were conscionable preparing for the peculiar days to travel with their families”, she added.
The UN authoritative reminded that children should be protected astatine each times and turn successful a harmless situation escaped from immoderate signifier of violence.
“On the eve of Eid Al-Adha and arsenic Iraqis mourn this bittersweet moment, UNICEF calls for each actors successful Iraq to enactment unneurotic towards a safer Iraq wherever children bash not person to unrecorded successful fearfulness and wherever they bask their precise basal activities and rights”, she concluded.
No remainder from sleeper cells
News sources called it the deadliest bombing successful Baghdad successful six months and reported that the IS terrorist network claimed to be behind the blast, saying 1 of its members detonated an explosive vest.
Although the Government declared triumph successful its warfare against the jihadist radical astatine the extremity of 2017, truthful called "sleeper cells" continue to wage a low-level insurgency successful the country.